File:P.G. Wodehouse, 1930.jpg|thumb|alt=middle-aged man in overcoat and trilby hat smiling cheerfully towards the camera|Wodehouse in 1930 (aged 48)
'''Pelham Grenville Wodehouse''' (; 15 October 188114 February 1975) was an English author and one of the most widely read humorists of the 20th century. Born in Guildford
, the son of a British magistrate based in Hong Kong, Wodehouse spent happy teenage years at Dulwich College
, to which he remained devoted all his life. After leaving school he was employed by a bank but disliked the work and turned to writing in his spare time. His early novels were mostly School story|school stories
, but he later switched to comic fiction, creating several regular characters who became familiar to the public over the years....